The evening twilight fades in to darkness when stars of constellation Orion, the Hunter, stand above the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany (the name means New Swan Stone Castle). Click on the second photo to see a close-up view of the castle in a spectacular foreground of Alps. The palace was built in the 19th-century, commissioned by king Ludwig II, on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. The iconic palace was an inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and later similar structures in the world.



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  • Firouz Naderi Reply


    June 7, 2011 at 8:21 am
  • Kristen Reply

    how awesome

    June 9, 2011 at 3:51 am
  • Lem Reply

    I was there on 5/17/11 it is an amazing place. It’s worth a visit.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm
  • Pat Reply


    June 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm
  • Ray Reply

    It look great but I wonder if there is a pizza delivery place near or even chinese take out

    June 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm
  • cynthia Reply


    June 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm
  • Herbert Raab Reply

    Awesome photo, Babak!

    Is this a HDR image, or what trick did you use to avoid overexposure of the brightly illuminated castle?

    June 12, 2011 at 11:07 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Thank you all. Herbert: It’s not an HDR, just a vertical panorama of 4 shots. Twilight is the only time to balance strong foreground light with the sky, also I searched all position and found this spot with rather less illumination toward me, and last I used RAW reader recovery option and blur mask in processing to reduce the monument light.

    June 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm
  • Herbert Raab Reply

    Thanks a lot, Babak, for sharing your tricks with us! Much appreciated! 🙂

    June 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm
  • Tom Drake Reply

    Babak: Your pictures are wonderful. I was there in May 2003. It is a spectacular place for photos. My favorite view was from the footbridge spanning the gorge behind the palace.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

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